The poll found 7% had used or increased their reliance on prescription drugs.
By Katherine Sellgren BBC News education reporter Image copyrightThinkstockImage captionTeachers have long complained of a heavy workload One in 10 teachers say they have been prescribed anti-depressant drugs to cope with the pressure of their jobs, says a teachers’ union survey. The NASUWT survey of over 5,000 teachers found 22% had increased their alcohol intake […]
More pupils have mental health issues, say school staff
More children have mental health issues than two years ago, a survey of school teachers suggests.
More than half of 850 staff surveyed by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) agreed more pupils had developed problems.
On Monday, the ATL’s annual conference will debate a call for more support for vulnerable pupils in schools.
General secretary Dr Mary Bousted blamed “poverty, poor housing, unemployment and financial insecurity”.
School staff have had to “plug the gaps in social care as best they can”, said Dr Bousted.